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O’Sullivan calls out World Champions – I’d fight Lemieux in his bathroom!

Never one to sit quietly on the sidelines, Cork’s Gary O’Sullivan has thrown his name into the ring yet again to fight the best middleweights in the world.

Speaking to Sky Sports, the Leesider claimed – “Eubank Jr, David Lemieux, the great Gennady Golovkin, Puerto Rican legend Miguel Cotto – I want them all!” Spike believes that a tilt at a world title is the perfect barometer for him to test his own skills saying that “these are the fights I want to be in if I am to be as great as I know I can be”

The refreshingly outspoken Corkonian reaffirmed his fight-anyone mentality while noting how hard it is to find top-level opponents saying that “There’s no man I fear in the middleweight division but it seems there’s a lot of people that fear me.”

Talking about new IBF champion David Lemieux of Canada, the Celtic Rebel claimed – “Now there’s a fight I’d love to take! I’d fight him in his Montreal hometown, his backyard, his bathroom, anywhere! He wouldn’t be able to bully me.”

Lemieux turned heads earlier this month when he knocked down Irish-managed Hassan N’Dam N’Jikam four times en-route to claiming the vacant belt but O’Sullivan feels that his power is equally as notable. Of his fearsome punching power he explained that “everyone knows I can bang – David Lemieux is a man to be respected because of his power – but I know he’d respect mine after we got it on.”

O’Sullivan also sent a barb the way of long-time rival, Chris Eubank Jr., declaring that “the so-called top contenders are running scared – None more than Daddy’s Boy [Chris Eubank Jr].” Of Eubank Jr., Spike derided him as “a gutless coward,” and that “I’d love nothing more than to shut his arrogant gob.”

The Munster man knows that the public are clamouring to see him and Eubank Jr. get it on, pointing out how “I put up a request on social media for my fans to spread the word if they wanted to see me and Junior get it on in Limerick. My fans would love to see me clatter him senseless and they responded just how I thought they would. It’s a fight everyone wants to see.”

Finally, when asked about fellow Irishman, and WBO Champion, Andy Lee, O’Sullivan described a potential fight as “like 10 Christmases come together.” Respectful of the Limerick southpaw, O’Sullivan called him “a great fighter, even better man, but as much as I like him, it would only end one way. Spike as middleweight champion of the world.”

Joe O'Neill

Reporting on Irish boxing the past five years. Work has appeared on irish-boxing.com, Boxing News, the42.ie, and local and national media. Provide live ringside updates, occasional interviews, and special features on the future of Irish boxing. email: joneill6@tcd.ie